1. Bill had just moved into the apartment building and proceeded to knock on a female tenants door late at night with no shirt.   She felt very unsafe, called me  (landlord) and so I brought these concerns up to Bill the following day.
  2. A month later a new person moved into another apartment and again Bill knocked on her door late at night and when she opened the door he tried to get in.  It was her very first night and the next day this female tenant reported feeling very uneasy and suggested that he might have stolen her wallet because now it was missing.
  3. A long term tenant, also had an altercation with Bill.  He later decided to move and wrote a letter citing Bill has the cause.
  4. Other tenants routinely complained regarding Bill’s erratic behavior: Late night dancing and martial arts in front of the building, threatening comments, and knocking on doors for no reason.  Tenants were becoming concerned about the image of the building and were asking us to do something.
  5. We contacted Bill’s social worker and encouraged her to provide additional support so that he might stay in the building as opposed to getting evicted.  But it was clear from her response that she doubted our report and was unwilling to get involved.
  6. I sat down twice in a formal meeting with Bill encouraging him to limit his interactions with fellow tenants.
  7. Eventually Bill threatened to hurt another tenant and so I decided to evict Bill.
  8. Sadly, rather than the social worker sitting down with Bill and helping him understand the natural consequences of poor community behavior and using this as a learning experience for his next rental she decided to bring a claim to dispute resolution.  While this was certainly within his right, I wonder if this was truly the best way to support her client.
  9. The mediator took two months to book a time to hear the “case”. They supported my eviction and he was told to leave.
  10. By taking the eviction to arbitration he was able to live in the apartment an additional two months and continue to harass the other tenants.

I wish social workers and community support workers would understand that landlords are not the opposition but can actually play a valuable role in helping them understand the real world activities of their clients.  I understand the nature of confidentiality and privacy but Bill would have been better served if his advocate actually worked with the community in which Bill lived as opposed to approaching the community with preconceived notions.

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